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Dr. Timothy W. Oliver

Director of Bands
Coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies

Professor of Music


  • Ph.D., Florida State University (Conducting & Music Education)
  • M.A.E., Truman State University (Music Education)
  • M.A., Truman State University (Conducting)
  • B.A., Truman State University (Music Education & Music Theory)

Teaching Specialties

  • Wind Band Performances
  • Conducting (Graduate and Undergraduate levels)
  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Freshman First Year Experience Course

Research Interests

  • Instrumental Music Performance
  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Aesthetic Distance
  • Guest Conducting
  • Performance Clinician


  • College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • National Band Association (NBA)
  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)
  • Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (ASBOA)
  • Arkansas Music Educators Association (AMEA)


Dr. Timothy W. Oliver is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies at Arkansas State University. A strong proponent of both performance and music education, Dr. Oliver conducts the A-State Wind Ensemble, leads the master’s level wind conducting program, teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education, and administrates a comprehensive university band program. A native of Centralia, MO, Dr. Oliver is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, from which he holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in conducting, and Master of Arts in Education. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education Degree with a conducting emphasis from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Some of Dr. Oliver’s teachers include Daniel Peterson, James Croft, Clifford Madsen and Thomas Trimborn. He also considers Arthur Chodoroff as a significant influence and mentor. Prior to his appointment at A-State, Dr. Oliver was a faculty member at the University of Kansas and Temple University. He also previously served as both a high school and junior high school band director in Missouri and Florida.

Dr. Oliver is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for a diverse array of musicians at the professional, collegiate and secondary school levels. His ensembles at A-State have been recognized for their balanced approach in presenting both established and new repertoire. Since his appointment in 2007, Dr. Oliver has premiered or commissioned, either individually or through consortia, nearly 20 new works for wind ensembles and chamber winds. Performances by the A-State Bands have received favorable attention both regionally and nationally. The A-State Wind Ensemble accepted invitations through juried selections to perform at the 2010 and 2014 Southwestern College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Conferences. Composers including David Maslanka, Carter Pann, Frank Ticheli, Michael Markowski, David Sampson, James David, and Jonathan Bartz have praised Dr. Oliver’s interpretation of their music.

Dr. Oliver is also an active researcher with projects focusing on music performance and music education with specializations in conducting and aesthetic distance. He has numerous professional conference presentations.  Publications featuring his research include the Journal of Band Research, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Teaching Music, WASBE Newsletter and The Instrumentalist. In 2013, Dr. Oliver received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year from A-State for his work in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Oliver enjoys a variety of activities outside of music including golf, racquetball, cooking, reading and completing home improvement projects as well as spending time with his wife Rebecca – the Director of the A-State Honors College - and children Benjamin and Gwendolyn.

Timothy W. Oliver

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3811
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 130